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IowaWORKS ~ North Iowa,
600 South Pierce Avenue,
Mason City, Iowa.

The Workforce Development Partnership is offering career planning workshops and services each month. These valuable workshops are offered to you at NO COST, pre-registration is required. For more information on any of our workshops, please call 641 422-1524, Ext 44521, you'll be glad you did!

600 South Pierce Avenue, Mason City, IA

Watch this location for other upcoming job fairs at IowaWORKS, North Iowa.

Workshops on the road in...
Garner:  325 West 8th Street
Forest City: FAVA, 100 North Clark Street

Interviewing & Negotiating Tips to Land the Job:
1:00 to 3:30 PM
Learn methods in interview preparation, practice, and processes that will help you land the job.  Discover how to more confidently communicate your transferable skills and the results/successes from your past experiences.  Class will discuss things you might do (or not do) before, during and after the interview that leave an impression about your as a possible employee.
Forest City:  May 20

Effective Online & Paper Employment Applications
9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
A large percentage of applications often do not make it into an employer's "to be interviewed" pile. What steps can you take to make sure your applications is more effective? Topics include having a master application, pre-application research, developing references, addressing challenging questions, etc.
Garner:  May 20

Successful Job Fairs & Hiring Events

Job fairs can be an amazing opportunity for connecting with potential employers – the outcome depends on you! During this session we will discuss how to greet and engage in conversation with perspective employers, selling your skills and strengths with a few brief statements, importance of appearance and preparedness plus a great handshake and gratitude, etc. Take advantage of this fabulous workshop focusing on successfully networking with employers!

Six Step Overview ~ RES
Each Monday and Wednesday of the month:
1:00 to 4:00 PM

This workshop provides an overview of the services IowaWorks provides and the Six Step Curriculum. Preregistration is required.

Step 1 ~ Maintaining a Positive Attitude: 
May 5, June 9, July 7, Aug 11, Sept 15, Oct 6, Nov 17, Dec 8
9:30 to 11:30 AM 
Strategies to maintain a positive mental attitude during periods of dramatic change. Identify Externally Imposed versus Self-Directed change and the responsibility to choose our response. (2 hour session)

Step 2 ~ Designing Your Future
May 5, June 9, July 7, Aug 11, Sept 15, Oct 6, Nov 17 or Dec 8
12:30 to 2:30 PM
Discussion on Job Myths vs. Beliefs. Learning to plan, recognize and cultivate your uniqueness. (2 hour session)

Step 3 ~ What’s Hot? Employment Trends
May 6, June 10, July 8, Aug 12, Sept 16, Oct 7, Nov 18, Dec 9
9:30 to 11:30 AM 

Review Review the generated occupation list. Explore and browse job information. Be up-to-date on industry trends. (2 hour session)

Step 4 ~ Creating a Great Resume
May 6, June 10:  12:30 to 3:00 PM
June 24: 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Identifying your strengths, learning self promotion and how to quantify your accomplishments. Selecting the resume that is right for you. Chronological vs. Functional Resumes. (2 hour session)

Step 5 ~ Top 5 Most Effective Job Search Strategies
9:30 to 11:30 AM: May 7, June 11, July 9, Aug 13, Sept 17, Oct 8, Nov 19 or Dec 10
Top 5 Most Effective Job Search Strategies. Effective vs. non-effective. Using your strengths/preferences to target organizations. Internet research, networking, social networking sites. Top 10 Jobs. (2 hour session)

Step 6 ~ Interviewing & Negotiating Tips to Land the Job:
12:30 to 3:00 PM:  May 7
Preparing for the interview. Researching the company. Discuss the importance of practicing and/or using Interview Stream. What to bring to an interview. Setting goals for the interview. (2 hour session)

The Amazing Computer
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM: May 19 or
1:00 to 4:00 PM: May 6

This four hour workshop is for those with little or no computer experience and is an excellent introduction for the true beginner.
Bring a flash/thumb drive to class.

Building On Your First Resume
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM: June 4, July 2, Aug 6, Sept 3, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3 or
1:00 to 4:00 PM:  May 20
This class is designed to take your basic resume from the IowaJobs website ( or a completed resume worksheet to create a more professional resume on a Word template document. If you have very limited computer skills, attendance at The Amazing Computer workshop is a pre-requisite. Please complete a resume worksheet prior to class or bring a copy of your basic resume from the IowaJobs website. Bring a flash/thumb drive so you can save your new resume!

Customer Service Strategies
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM: May 15, June 26 or July 17
1:00 to 4:00 PM:  June 3
This 3 hour class will discuss the 15 customer service skills that every employee needs and that every employer wants their sales/customer service individuals to have.  We will view a customer service training video and more. . .

Customer Service Strategies II
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM:  May 1 or May 22
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM:  March 18
This three hour class will take the 15 skills discussed in the first class and learn about when and how to use the skills.  There will be video examples and some role playing.  Be prepared to use some of your "acting" skills.

Effective Employment Applications ~ Paper and Online
12:30 to  2:00 PM:  June 4

During this interactive workshop participants will discuss steps and tips for completing effective paper and online applications. Topics include having a master application, pre-application research, developing references, addressing challenging questions, etc. Group will also view an online application(s) while reviewing common questions about completing.

Email Basics
10:00 to 11:00 AM:  May 14
If you do not have an email address, this hands-on workshop will assist attendees in creating an email address as well as learn how to read and send an email. Topics include email etiquette and how to open/attach files to an email.

IowaWORKS Orientation
Feel overwhelmed when you walk in our doors? Let us help you get acquainted with what we have to offer and how to access what you need! During this informational session we will review all of the FREE services offered at IowaWORKS. We will also discuss the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program, eligibility criteria, and the steps to request individual services. Attending this orientation is required for all interest in possibly accessing WIA services.

Intro to PACE
Times and dates to be announced
This is a brief overview of the PACE program including who may be eligible, what services are provided and explaining career pathways.

Keyboarding 101
May 11: 9:00 to 10:00 AM
May 14: 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
May 27, June 18: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM 
May 29, June 5:  2:00 to 3:00 PM
May 21: 3:00 to 4:00 PM
June 24: 10:00 to 11:00 AM

Do you wish you could type faster or not have to look at the keyboard? This class is for you! This self-paced workshop offers typing tutoring and provides the user with typing practice. Attendees will progress through units designed to help beginners with the basics as well as help professionals improve their speed and accuracy.

Network News
May 18, June 22, July 20
1:00 to 2:00 PM

Latest and hottest job opportunities, networking with fellow job seekers, facilitated by an Employment Training Specialist and an occasional guest employer are what you can expect from this 1 hour open roundtable class. Learn from a multitude of sources to help with your job searches.

Second Chances
July 28 to July 30 or Oct 20 to Oct 22
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
This 4 day workshop helps job seekers who struggle with a less-than-perfect past learn how to effectively job search, write personal statements to address criminal convictions, prioritize goals, and answer difficult questions on applications and during interviews.

Ticket-to-Work Info Session
May 4, May 19:  9:00 to 10:00 AM
June 8, June 23:  10:00 to 11:00 AM
Learn about all the great services and programs available at IowaWORKS that can assist you in obtaining employment by participation in the Ticket-to-Work program.

Mock Interviews
Want to be better prepared and confident in marketing your skills and experiences to potential employers? Interviewing is a skill that you can improve upon by practicing! Contact an IowaWORKS representative to schedule a one-on-one mock interview session and receive valuable feedback on how you can stand out from the other applicants!  By appointment only.

Career Ready 101
Internet-based training program designed to help you prepare for the Nation Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) of for continuous personal growth. See any IowaWORKS representative to set up an account for this self-paced training program that is accessible from any computer with Internet access.

National Career Readiness Certificate Testing (NCRC)
Each day employers receive stacks of applications for only a handful of positions. With the National Career Readiness Certificate, issued by ACT, you can prove you're the most skilled for the job. The Certification is the work-related credential. Whether you're looking for a job or wanting to enhance your diploma or resume, the Certificate provides proof of your job skills that you can use with employers nationwide.

NCRC is a series of 3 Internet-based assessments. Photo identification is required prior to testing.  No cell phones, backpacks, electronic devices or personal calculators will be permitted. We ask that these items to left in your vehicle.  Proctor provides calculator, pencil, paper and earplugs if needed.

For more information and to schedule your assessment, please call our skills team.

Click for a list of local employers who support NCRC

IowaWorks ~ North Iowa has a skills development area available year-round.
Our hours of service are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM and Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Staff is available to direct customers to computer software, publications and Internet sites that can help you research careers, schools, communities and obtain information regarding current workforce trends.




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